What is the change? Peru has published a decree that will allow Chinese nationals traveling for business or tourism to enter the country without a Peruvian visa, provided they hold permanent residence in or a valid visa for Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States or a Schengen Area country.

What does the change mean? Beginning Sept. 21, qualifying Chinese nationals will have an easier time traveling to Peru for business or tourism. Travelers must hold a valid passport and permanent residence or a visa valid for at least six months for one of the countries listed above. They will be able to enter Peru one or more times and will be permitted to remain for up to 180 calendar days. 

  • Implementation time frame: The change will take effect Sept. 21.
  • Visas/permits affected: Business and tourist visas.
  • Who is affected: Chinese nationals traveling to Peru for business or tourism who hold permanent residence in or visas for Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States or a Schengen Area country.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will save affected Chinese nationals the time it takes to obtain a visa.
  • Business impact: Business travelers are among those who will benefit from the new visa liberalization policy for Chinese visitors.

Background: The decree was published in Peru’s official gazette, “El Peruano,” Sept. 1. Officials hope the change will strengthen business and tourists ties between the two countries. The eased regulations will take effect Sept. 21. Those traveling before then must adhere to regular visa requirements.

BAL Analysis: The program will, in some instances, make travel to Peru easier for Chinese nationals visiting on business or for tourism. Those intending to conduct work activities in Peru, however, must obtain a work permit.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Peru. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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